Weekend of learning

By Theresa Gardner

A group of Webster Parish students recently attended a weekend of learning about their favorite artist in a not so traditional way.

North Webster High Art Club experienced Vincent Van Gogh in a way few others have. The group of 26 students traveled to Arlington Texas to tour the experience called: Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience  which features a one of kind Virtual Reality interactive that guides you on a ten-minute journey through “A day in the life of the Artist.” The VR  experience allowed the students to walk alongside Van Gogh during the journey to discover the inspiration behind eight of his iconic works, including: Vincent’s Bedroom at Arles, and Starry Night Over The Rhone River.

The Art Club members also toured the Dallas Museum of Art to view a collection of Van Gogh’s Olive Grove Series. (DMA) and the Van Gogh Museum (Amsterdam, Netherlands) are hosting the first exhibition dedicated to Vincent van Gogh’s important Olive Grove Series, executed during his yearlong stay at the asylum of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. 

“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our students,” Stacy Sanders, art club sponsor at NWHS said. “It was the perfect blend of state-of-the-art technology at the Immersion exhibit and the traditional viewing of these Van Gogh masterpieces at the DMA.”

Sanders said the students had been studying Van Gogh for a while and sold candy bars as a fundraiser to  pay for the trip.

“It’s something I know they will remember for the rest of their lives,” she said, “I know I will and we were just so fortunate to be able to travel there to experience it all.”